File-Sharers Buy 30 Percent More Music Than Non-Sharers

File-sharers reportedly buy 30% more music than non-sharers according to a new study which runs counter to the music industry's war on file-sharing claims that it hurts the industry.

Torrent Freak reports that a preview of a new study/poll entitled Copy Culture Survey by the American Assembly, a non-partisan public policy forum affiliated with Columbia University, found some interesting results.

"US P2P users have larger collections than non-P2P users (roughly 37% more). And predictably, most of the difference comes from higher levels of 'downloading for free' and 'copying from friends/family'," American Assembly's Joe Karaganis writes.

"But some of it also comes from significantly higher legal purchases of digital music than their non-P2P using peers–around 30% higher among US P2P users. Our data is quite clear on this point and lines up with numerous other studies: The biggest music pirates are also the biggest spenders on recorded music."

There was also a startling finding about a much bigger source of music piracy than P2P sharing. Read the Torrent Freak report for that and more on this study here.

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